A literature review of applications of Kinesio Taping (R) in the craniomaxillofacial region
Ozunlu Pekyavas, Nihan
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This study was conducted to achieve an understanding of the potential applications of Kinesio Taping (R) (KT) in the craniomaxillofacial region. A comprehensive search of pertinent literature was performed through PubMed, Medline, Google Scholar, ProQuest, and ScienceDirect. The focused question that was addressed was, "What are the potential applications of KT in the craniomaxillofacial region?". The preliminary search identified 52 studies. Once duplicates were removed, the remaining 43 titles/abstracts were screened, where 9 studies were excluded and the remaining 34 were assessed. Three additional studies were obtained through reference review of the retrieved articles. KT is being used for the management of various conditions, including temporomandibular joint disorders, side effects associated with maxillofacial surgeries, various neurological conditions, etc. KT has not been proven as a reliable independent treatment option; however, it is considered to be useful as a complementary option to improve treatment outcomes for various conditions.